ABC promotes him from assistant ND to lead news operations at its New York flagship.
ABC O&O WABC New York (DMA 1) on Wednesday promoted Chad Matthews to vice president and news director. He has been WABC’s assistant news director since returning to the station last year.
“Returning to Eyewitness News and the ABC/Disney family is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” Matthews said. “Leading New York’s No. 1 news organization is a tremendous responsibility and one I do not take lightly.”
WABC produces more than 44 hours of local newscasts a week.
Matthews started his career with WABC in 2000 and was promoted to senior executive producer in 2002. He spent 12 years in senior roles for Eyewitness News and won both a Peabody Award in 2001 as the live control room producer for the station’s 9/11 coverage and an Emmy Award in 2007 for Best Evening Newscast.
In 2012, Matthews left WABC for a five-year stint as assistant news director at NBC-owned WTVJ Miami. At WTVJ, he won another Emmy Award in 2017 for breaking news coverage during the Fort Lauderdale airport shooter.
Early in his career, he held producer positions at WCBS New York, WFXT Boston, WJAR Providence, R.I., and was a producer-reporter at WWLP Springfield, Mass.
Matthews has a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from Westfield State College.